Designing Global Health Supply Chains for the Future
Through this Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded project, WDI helped build alignment and a clear vision among donor agencies, governments and private companies regarding supply chain investments that must be made now to prepare for future changes in healthcare demand. These investments are driven by a convergence of trends in technology, innovation, economic growth and shifting disease burdens. WDI helped provide this clear vision through a number of different research avenues:
- Synthesizing reports on future trends across several industries, breaking down the meaning and applicability of those trends for the governments, donor agencies, private companies and patients who comprise the global health supply chain
- Developing quantitative models to estimate future changes in health supply chain demand levels, based on existing epidemiological, socioeconomic, and medical trends research
- Simulating the impact of future demand changes on supply chain capacity needs and choice of optimal strategy
Through these various approaches, WDI successfully started a global conversation about the need for more future-oriented supply chain investments.